We spoke with Ciriac Alvarez Valle, Policy Analyst for Voices for Utah Children, about community health workers and how they can aid COVID-19 hotspot areas.
As we move to open up the state, we know that there are some hotspots where people have been more heavily impacted than others. Data shows us that some communities continue to make up larger proportions of sick and hospitalized individuals, and our state continues to see a plateau and not a reduction in hospitalizations specifically in these communities. Beyond that, epidemiologists are predicting a resurgence of cases in the fall. Acknowledging that the pandemic isn’t impacting us all in the same way, and understanding that there are key interventions that are proven to work well in combating this crisis are going to be instrumental in beating this in the future.
This week we are encouraging Utahns to ask their legislators to fund two key public health measures in order to support the communities that are experiencing the coronavirus differently and at greater rates than others: community health care workers and trained contact tracers.
In response to anticipated budget shortfalls, the state legislature is expected to call itself into special session to consider major budget cuts. Knowing what works to combat this disease, it is crucial that legislators hear from community members before making broad cuts to the department of health without boosting funding in these critical areas. Make your voice heard on this important issue today!
Read this oped to familiarize yourself with the disparities within our communities and best practices for how to close that gap.
The CDC has developed a great resource to help better understand the place contact tracing can have in combatting the pandemic. Click here to learn about contact tracers and why it is important to advocate for them as a key component to opening the economy safely.
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